Derby Day is the first race meet in the Melbourne Cup Carnival and is always met with an lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Unfortunately mother nature decided to unleash some rain that day but it didn’t stop the crowds of thousands converging on Flemington. The tradition of Black and White dress began way back in the 1920’s when the day was originally dubbed “Black Ascot”, when the Earl of Derby’s traditional racing colours were black with a white cap. Nowadays punters pay respect to the Earl of Derby by wearing only black and white.
I’ve always wanted a bespoke Morning Suit but there are very few occasions to wear one. This year, I decided Derby Day would be the perfect day to don this very traditional look. Inspired by many royal weddings and the Royal Ascot, I sourced the cloth from Dugdale Bros. in London for the traditional grey pinstripe trousers and the cream waistcoat. The waistcoat was double-breasted with a shawl collar lapel whilst the trousers were a straight-legged flat front finished with a cuff.
The coat was where I had a little more fun. Rather than the classic black Barathea, I went for a black on black hound’s-tooth from Lanificio F.lli Cerruti with a wide peak lapel and rope shoulder.
I wore a crisp white poplin shirt with a muted blue and white polka-dot hand made seven-fold tie, which provided a touch of colour.
Whilst this is a traditional race wear, it is also a very popular choice for wedding attire in Europe, especially in Italy and Spain.